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Food for Talk is a book club for anyone interested in cooking!

In June, we are celebrating Juneteenth at a dinner and discussion off site.

Please register with Barbara Shatara at bshatara@burlingtonvt.gov before June 9th.

Instructions on how to join this community of home cooks and fellow culinary travelers can be found after the description of this month's cookbook.

About this month's cookbook:  Watermelon and Red Birds by Nicole Taylor

On June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued General Order Number 3, informing the people of Texas that all enslaved people were now free. A year later, in 1866, Black Texans congregated with music, dance, and BBQs—Juneteenth celebrations.

All-day cook-outs with artful salads, bounteous dessert spreads, and raised glasses of “red drink” are essential to Juneteenth gatherings. In Watermelon and Red Birds, Nicole puts jubilation on the main stage. As a master storyteller and cook, she bridges the traditional African-American table and 21st-century flavors in stories and recipes. Nicole synthesizes all the places we’ve been, all the people we have come from, all the people we have become, and all the culinary ideas we have embraced.

Watermelon and Red Birds contains over 75 recipes, including drinks like Afro Egg Cream and Marigold Gin Sour, dishes like Beef Ribs with Fermented Harissa Sauce, Peach Jam and Molasses Glazed Chicken Thighs, Southern-ish Potato Salad and Cantaloupe and Feta Salad, and desserts like Roasted Nectarine Sundae, and Radish and Ginger Pound Cake. Taylor also provides a resource to guide readers to BIPOC-owned hot sauces, jams, spice, and waffle mixes companies and lists fun gadgets to make your Juneteenth special. These recipes and essays will inspire parties to salute one of the most important American holidays, and moments to savor joy all year round.

Co-sponsored by City Market.

About Food For Talk Bookclub:

If reading about food, experimenting with new recipes and learning from other cooks sounds fun, then the Food For Talk Cookbook Book Club is for you! Chef Richard Witting has selected some beautifully delectable cookbooks.  Signing up is as easy as 1.2.3....

1. To register, contact Programming Librarian, Barbara Shatara, at bshatara@burlingtonvt.gov

2. Ask for a copy of the cookbook at the Library's Main Desk.  Or, place a Hold on the cookbook.  We will contact you when the book is ready.

3. Read through it, make a dish (though not required) and bring your experiences to the discussion.  Barbara will send you meeting information the week of the discussion.

Date: 
June 11, 2023 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The Library will be closed on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day.